Would you say that giving birth to babies is equivalent to preparing God’s next generation of spiritual warriors? Rachel Scott thinks that it is, and expounds upon this idea in her book, Birthing God’s Mighty Warriors. This 356-page book, which can be purchased for several bucks on Amazon, is worth a few days (or weeks, if you read slowly) of your free time. She covers subjects such as the history of birth control use among Christians (Chapter Three, “When Did Birthing Children Become A Choice?”), the possible curse behind some miscarriages (Chapter Nine, “The Devil’s Plan”), and how a man’s seed has the ability to change the outcome of history–and Satan knows it! (Chapter Six, “The Destiny of Your Seed”). I greatly enjoyed reading this book, and would love for all ladies (and their husbands) to read it, too.
You may find a few things you disagree with, as I did; however the points I disagreed with were minor compared to the large body of data that I believe is scripturally solid. We are mostly a sleeping church in the area of family planning, and the Devil has us right where he wants us to be. Yes, I agree with that. We need to wake up, and realize that all our “choices” are robbing us of the huge potential that God had hoped for our lives, but that in the face of our free will, can never be realized.
There is much being said by God’s people today about producing fruit. People seem to be desperate to produce fruit for the Lord and to make their lives count for eternity! One of the biggest desires amongst believers today is to be productive for God. People are desperately trying to figure out what it is that God wants them to do with their lives so that their lives will count for the Lord. People want to produce good fruit for God. When Jesus told His disciples to go and bear fruit that would last (John 15:16), most New Testament believers have been taught that this meant go convert new believers. Surely Jesus did mean that but it also could have meant do this in addition to birthing new believers. All of God’s people back then allowed God to plan their families, so the people to whom this command was spoken were already allowing children to come into their families who could become new converts. It was not until the last century, since birth control use infiltrated God’s people, that believers have dismissed the value of birthing new converts and instead have gone out into the world to seek new converts. What an awesome opportunity is being passed by. We should be doing both things: seeking new converts by preaching the gospel to the world and birthing new converts and raising them in our Godly families. [Page 153]
How true. We have neglected to value the fruit of our own marriages, and because of it, “an awesome opportunity is being passed by.” God’s Kingdom could be advancing at a huge rate if we were to let Him produce children for His army through us; as it is, His Kingdom is advancing, but we ourselves have hindered it through our birth control use, and that makes the enemy very happy! (If an evil person could ever be said to be “happy.”)
We are living in a Tower of Babel age again. We know that God wants to fill the whole earth, but we want to stay put in one place. We know that God’s Name deserves to be exalted above all, but we prefer to make a name for ourselves. So, we set to work on forming the bricks and laying down the mortar. We defy the Almighty and say, “We think the earth is already full, so we shouldn’t have to have more children then we think is reasonable for our situation.” That’s kind of like not wanting to be scattered over the face of the whole earth, isn’t it? Then, we set out to make a tower that will reach to heaven. Not to get to God–don’t be fooled–but to replace Him with ourselves. With our own agendas and selfish plans. We think that because we now have the scientific knowledge to prevent children from being conceived we also have the right to put that knowledge to use for our own misguided purposes. And don’t be naïve: God will let us have our way for awhile before He comes down to put a stop to our prideful wickedness, because He sees that if He doesn’t, nothing that we conceive to do will be withheld from us.
On the other hand, if we are humble in submitting ourselves to the Almighty’s plan for us, if we let God be in charge of our family planning, and raise those children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord,” there is no end to the great things He will accomplish through us and through our descendants!